IAG Cargo Trials First Electric Terminal Tractor at London Heathrow

IAG Cargo, the cargo division of International Airlines Group (IAG) has begun trials of its first electric terminal tractor at London Heathrow Airport (LHR) in the UK.

The Terberg YT203EV is the first electric Terberg tractor in the world to operate airside at an airport.

IAG Cargo is trialling the electric Terberg YT203EV for 12 months, with the aim of eventually transitioning its current diesel fleet to more sustainable alternatives.

Electric Terminal tractor
By replacing an existing terminal tractor with an electric Terberg, approximately 30 tonnes of CO2 will be saved per vehicle each year

The trial will help IAG Cargo understand the potential challenges of adopting an electric airside fleet. The company will determine how future electric vehicles could be charged and what additional infrastructure would be needed to support a fleet of electric terminal tractors.

Terberg said its Terberg YT203EV could deliver the same capability as the current diesel units, allowing drivers to carry out their established work patterns while avoiding diesel engine emissions.

David Rose, Chief Transformation Officer at IAG Cargo said:

“We’re delighted to be partnering with Terberg to trial the first electric Terberg at London Heathrow - this is an exciting advancement for IAG Cargo as we strive to lead on sustainability and be fit for future.

“We are continuously looking at ways that reduce our impact on the environment whilst improving our customer offering. This trial is part of a wider effort supporting our commitment to making IAG Cargo, and the wider industry, more sustainable.”

In addition to its electric model, Terberg is also exploring the development of hydrogen fuel cell vehicles and is currently testing its first hydrogen-powered unit in an off-airfield application.

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